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appoint

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verb ap·point \ə-ˈpȯint\

Simple Definition of appoint

  • : to choose (someone) to have a particular job : to give (someone) a position or duty

  • : to decide or establish (something) in an official way

  • : to decide (the time or place at which something will happen or be done)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of appoint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fix or set officially <appoint a trial date> b :  to name officially <will appoint her director of the program> c archaic :  arrange d :  to determine the disposition of (an estate) to someone by virtue of a power of appointment

  3. 2 :  to provide with complete and usually appropriate or elegant furnishings or equipment <a beautifully appointed room>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to exercise a power of appointment

Examples of appoint in a sentence

  1. She was appointed professor of chemistry at the university.

  2. After his parents died, the boy's uncle was appointed as his guardian.

  3. Every year, the group appoints three new members.

  4. a committee appointed by Congress

  5. the company's newly appointed assistant director



Origin of appoint

Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of appoint

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function <a sparsely furnished apartment>. equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use <a fully equipped kitchen>. outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation <outfitted the family for a ski trip>. appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings <a lavishly appointed apartment>. accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity <fully accoutred members of a polar expedition>.

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APPOINT Defined for Kids

appoint

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verb ap·point \ə-ˈpȯint\

Definition of appoint for Students

appointedappointing

  1. 1 :  to choose for some duty, job, or office <The school board appointed three new teachers.>

  2. 2 :  to decide on usually from a position of authority <The teacher appointed a time for our meeting.>




Law Dictionary

appoint

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transitive verb ap·point \ə-ˈpȯint\

Legal Definition of appoint

  1. 1 :  to name officially to a position <appointed to the agency's top post> <appointed conservator of the estate>

  2. 2 :  to determine the distribution of (property) by exercising the authority granted by a power of appointment <a general power to appoint the corpus of a trust — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to exercise a power of appointment — see also power of appointment

appointive \ə-ˈpȯin-tiv\ play adjective
appointment noun




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